Keep the BayView newspaper in print

$5,261 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 102 people in 2 months

All of us who have internet access can read the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper ( http://sfbayview.com/) online, but for tens of thousands of our readers, the monthly print edition is essential. The core of the Bay View’s readership lives in the hood or in prison.

Just today a prisoner and long time subscriber wrote: “The Bay View is a prisoner’s link to the outside world. We the people need the Bay View.”

The Bay View is the only newspaper widely read both inside and outside prison

The Bay View print edition is a great big 24-page broadsheet newspaper filled with 30-40 stories each month written mostly by its readers. We publish famous writers too when they write a story that’s too hot for the mainstream press.

The Bay View is an organizer’s right arm. Because the Bay View spread the word, a world record 30,000 prisoners joined the California hunger strike that swung open the doors of thousands of torturous solitary confinement cells and spurred the movement to end prison slavery throughout the U.S. The strike succeeded because the Bay View is a network connecting prisoners with each other and allies in the outside world.

Without enough advertising, newspapers go out of print or out of existence

Advertising is the lifeblood of a newspaper, and many big advertisers have moved away from print. Every month’s Bay View print edition used to carry enough ads to pay for itself, to pay the basic costs of production: printing, distribution and mailing. (The Bay View has no paid staff; we’re all volunteers.) But in recent months, ad revenue has plummeted, and the costs of both printing and mailing have gone up.

In 2017, total income from all sources – ads, subscriptions and donations – averaged only $8,000 per month. Those three basic production expenses total over $7,000 a month. That leaves the rent, utilities, insurance and other necessities to be paid out of advertising and subscription revenue, but we can’t make ends meet without your help.

We need $5,000 NOW for the landlord and the printer

Rent for February is still unpaid. Our rent is $1,500 a month, a rare bargain in San Francisco! The printer’s bill is $3,500, and we're three months behind. We can't print a March paper until at least one of them is paid. Please help us pay that $5,000 before the end of February. Then, on the first of March, the production costs are due again.

Why brighten the lives of people in the hood and in prison?

The millions of people in prison and the hoods are our FREEDOM FIGHTERS. From the most intense oppression, like diamonds from coal, comes an unquenchable thirst for liberation – and the Bay View gives that force a voice and an organizing network.

A prisoner in California writes: “The person next cell down asked me if I’d like to read your newspaper … and guess what? I didn’t put it down till I read the whole paper. I loved it.” From Georgia: “I share the paper with countless people, making the younger ones aware of injustice.” From Pennsylvania: “Thank you for the opportunity of getting to know so many others’ struggles, to be able to see that when I am having a bad day that one of my brothers or sisters may have it worse.” From Florida: “The Bay View is an oasis of answers in a desert of questions.” From Texas: “I am in deep gratitude to you for seeing the light in me and giving me a chance to shine.”

For our brothers and sisters in the hood and in prison, please help keep the Bay View in print!
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We at the Bay View love you -- every single one of you who's pitched in -- and we're looking for more. Every donation, whether $5 or $100, has been essential to keeping the Bay View in print. It's more fun than ever producing, distributing and mailing the paper knowing that all of you have helped!

It's a thrill too to be halfway to our goal. Can we get all the way there by the end of February? We must pay $1,500 for the rent and $3,500 for printing. Please donate again if you can and, even more importantly, please share this GoFundMe campaign far and wide.

In this past week, we've held two fundraisers, two performances of Charlie Hinton's hit play, "Solitary Man." Not only does the play poignantly evoke what solitary confinement feels like, but the acting and music are superb! Another performance in April is in the works, this time in Berkeley.

Thanks to YOU, we've put out two papers, January and February, since posting this GoFundMe. We're not over the hump yet, but our prospects are much brighter, thanks to you. It's Mardi Gras week, and you know what they say in New Orleans: "Laissez le bon temps rouler!" "Let the good times roll!"

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To all who have already donated to keep the Bay View newspaper in print and to all who want to but haven't yet, HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY! It's a good day for giving ... and for gratitude.

Today can we nudge our total to the halfway point? We're awfully close; just $527 more and we'll be halfway to our goal.

The January Bay View did go to print and out to the thousands of folks in the hood and in prison who count on its information and inspiration every month. Your GoFundMe donations were a big part of that, and donors also sent help in other ways.

But financially, the situation is still dire. We still need your help as we compile the $7,000 needed to print, distribute and mail the February paper. And we still need an editor and staff to carry the Bay View forward so this one-of-a-kind little newspaper powerhouse can survive the Ratcliffs and thrive, fighting the good fight, for decades to come.

Can you help by sharing this campaign once again? We love you, we need you, we THANK YOU!
Changing the world takes sacrifice.
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Dear, dear friends, your generosity adds up to $3,730 so far, a good number for someone like me who likes threes and sevens and a great accomplishment in anybody's book. Let's pour on the steam and make the goal in the next week.

Today is the fourth day of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics, a perfect day for supporting community businesses and institutions like the Bay View. A hero of mine, Theresa Coleman, named the resident management council she headed Ujamaa, and all the hundreds of families in their public housing development were learning how to make it a housing co-op ... until racist corruption at City Hall got in the way.

The Bay View, too, has been attacked over the years by City Hall, the FBI, prison systems around the country and big corporations and we're still standing. Please don't let this newspaper that means so much to so many fall apart.

Please share this campaign again. Many who would eagerly give have been too busy with the holidays to notice. And to each and every one, thank you for your support and have a very Happy New Year!
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As Christmas comes to a close, let us all pray for -- and work for -- peace and joy throughout the world. And since there can be no peace without justice, let's start there. Let's make the world more fair in 2018. Even that little runt puppy knows it's not fair to keep anybody from what's good in life.

Your heartwarming generosity has brought the total so far to $1,115, and that's magnificent. But it still doesn't pay the rent and the printing bill due on Dec. 1. Please share this campaign one more time for the folks who've been busy with family.

Kwanzaa begins tomorrow. Holidays full of love is our wish to you all from the Bay View.
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